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Test incompl/inter-228, Question 3 | French vs. the French
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Names of countries #1 (permalink) Tue Feb 01, 2005 2:30 am   Names of countries
 

Test No. incompl/elem-8 "Articles", question 5

I want to go to the cinema to see a film about ......... and the French.

(a) France
(b) a France
(c) the France

Test No. incompl/elem-8 "Articles", answer 5

I want to go to the cinema to see a film about France and the French.

Correct answer: (a) France
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i want to go to the cinema to see about.... and the french, i don't know which one is france or the france
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Names of countries #2 (permalink) Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:49 am   Names of countries
 

Single names of countries do not usually take a definite article: Living in France/Italy/England but THE United States/THE West Indies.
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Names of countries #3 (permalink) Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:39 am   Names of countries
 

Dear Alan ,
could you please elaborate it more , like why 'THE’ comes before US & West indies & why not with others
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Names of countries #4 (permalink) Mon Oct 27, 2008 21:04 pm   Names of countries
 

...perfect! i made it
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Names of countries #5 (permalink) Tue Oct 28, 2008 17:51 pm   Names of countries
 

Satishchemeng wrote:
Dear Alan ,
could you please elaborate it more , like why 'THE’ comes before US & West indies & why not with others

hi friend

when the name of country is single we don't use the definit artical the

on the other hand, we use the with the states, kingdoms ...etc

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C #6 (permalink) Fri Mar 05, 2010 15:59 pm   C
 

Y a France is not correct .
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Names of countries #7 (permalink) Thu Apr 29, 2010 15:17 pm   Names of countries
 

Hi Alan

I've got 8 answers out of 10 correctly. I took mistakes ' a France'. I understand that single names of countries do not usually take a difinite article and the people of countries usually take a difinite article like ''the French''.

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Names of countries #8 (permalink) Thu Apr 29, 2010 16:17 pm   Names of countries
 

Hi Masako.

I think I need to do some corrections first:

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I ('ve) got 8 answers out of 10 correct(ly). I took/MADE mistakes LIKE ' a France'. I understand that single names of countries do not usually take aN INdEfinite article and the people of countries usually take a dEfinite article like ''the French''.

Yes, that's right.

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Names of countries #9 (permalink) Sun May 02, 2010 15:24 pm   Names of countries
 

Hi Alan.

Thank you for your response. I'm very pleased to receive your corrections. It's very educational. I understand clearly that an indefinite article means "a" and a defnite article means "the". I didn't know that.

I wrote again for practice.
I got 8 answers out of 10 correct. I made mistakes like 'a France'. I understand that single name of countries do not usually take an indefinite article and the people of countries usually take a definite article like "the French".

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Names of countries #10 (permalink) Wed Jun 08, 2011 13:06 pm   Names of countries
 

i don't understand,i think " the Frech" becase .....and the French.i think parallel structure,you can explain help me,thank you very much
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Names of countries #11 (permalink) Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:12 am   Names of countries
 

I have got 9 out of 10. my mistake was 'a France"
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Use of article 'the' with special names. #12 (permalink) Sun Feb 05, 2012 13:22 pm   Use of article 'the' with special names.
 

If we are taking about a President John smith. Would we use article 'the" with his name?

For example,

Our country does not support their President. The John smith, himself is unsatisfied with this work.
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Re: Use of article 'the' with special names. #13 (permalink) Sun Feb 05, 2012 15:58 pm   Re: Use of article 'the' with special names.
 

Hello Basit! We will not use "The" with names or places ie" Proper nouns" we can not say The John Smith, we will rather say "John Smith is not satisfied with this work".
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Names of countries #14 (permalink) Sun Feb 05, 2012 16:52 pm   Names of countries
 

Any Sheez is correct -- however we would say ' the President':
Compare:
Our country does not support the President, John Smith.
Our country does not support President John Smith.
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Names of countries #15 (permalink) Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:16 am   Names of countries
 

Beeesneees wrote:
Any Sheez is correct -- however we would say ' the President':
Compare:
Our country does not support the President, John Smith.
Our country does not support President John Smith.

Hi Bev,

Does the comma in sentence #1 suggest that there should be a pause between "President" and "John" in speech?

Thank you.
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